Caroline Howard and Van McIntosh, both held at home through financial difficulties on their families' Mississippi Delta plantations, find romance in a story that also deals with the Old South changing into the New. Mr. Howard is a temporary invalid and it is on Caroline that the burdens of cotton farming fall. Though the heaviest of these is a late crop and the unfair offer of a Mr. Weaver who wants to buy it whole at a preestablished price, others include Caroline's need to adjust both to a future that will have its share of mechanization and to the attractive Van who sees this more readily than she does. A very natural dialogue indicates Mr. Person as a writer with a good ear and if his plot has few surprises it is unpretentious and probable and shows a healthy degree of sophistication.